MyAppleMenu - Fri, Apr 10, 2015

Fri, Apr 10, 2015The Gaps-In-Arrow-Keys Edition

The MacBook Reviews Are Here (And Is Available For Pre-Order)

Review: 12-inch MacBook, by Jim Dalrymple, The Loop

Considering everything I did the day before and throughout the night, I was quite pleased with the way the battery performed. I honestly don’t think I could ask for much more from a battery than that. This type of battery performance has been consistent for me on a daily basis.

The 2015 MacBook Previews A Future That’s Not Quite Here, by Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica

Despite its native resolution of 2304×1440, the MacBook’s screen looks like a 1280×800 screen rather than a 1152×720 one. Performance is good in 1280×800 mode but sometimes animations drop frames in 1440×900 mode with lots of windows open. Incidentally, 1280×800 is the screen resolution used by the white plastic MacBooks of yore; aside from that and the MacBook8,1 model identifier those laptops have very little in common.

The New 12-inch Macbook Is A Laptop Without An Ecosystem, by Jason Snell, Macworld

These changes help, but they don’t really offset the reduced travel. The MacBook keyboard’s better than I expected it to be—I was able to score 118 words per minute on TypeRacer using it—but it never felt particularly comfortable. If you’re not a keyboard snob, you may not even notice the difference, but if there’s any single feature that would make me reluctant to buy a MacBook, it would be the keyboard.

The redesign of the arrow keys really shook me–the up and down arrows are still half-height, but the left and right arrows are now full sized. It turns out that I used the gaps above the left and right arrow keys on prior keyboards to orient by feel, so I knew which arrow key was which. On the MacBook’s keyboard, there’s no longer a gap–and I kept having to look down to make sure I was tapping the up arrow key.

Apple MacBook Review: The Laptop of the Future Isn’t Ready for the Present, by Joanna Stern, Wall Street Journal

It’s nearly impossible not to be seduced by this MacBook’s beauty, its dazzling screen and perfect trackpad. But don’t give in. Like the original MacBook Air, introduced in 2008, there are too many key compromises—in battery life, speed and port access—for the early-adopter price.

Over the next few years, it will improve, and become an affordable, indispensable tool for life in the future. But here, now, in the present day, there are more practical slim, everyday laptop choices.

Hidden Backdoor API To Root Privileges In Apple OS X, by Emil Kvarnhammar, TrueSec

The Admin framework in Apple OS X contains a hidden backdoor API to root privileges. It’s been there for several years (at least since 2011), I found it in October 2014 and it can be exploited to escalate privileges to root from any user account in the system.

Apple has now released OS X 10.10.3 where the issue is resolved. OS X 10.9.x and older remain vulnerable, since Apple decided not to patch these versions. We recommend that all users upgrade to 10.10.3.

Almost All Apple Watch Models Sold Out, Applecare+ Pricing Revealed (update: Sold Out!), by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

All Apple Watch models in the US are now at minimum 4 – 6 week shipping estimates in less than six hours.


List Of Apple Stores That Will Carry The Apple Watch Edition At Launch, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

To check Apple Watch Edition availability in your local area, navigate to Apple's Find Locations website, click on Sales, use your current GPS-based location or enter another one, select Watch Edition from the list of all products, and click on the Go button.

The try-on experience is fantastic. The store rep was awesome. Let us handle all the watches and try everything out.

— Myke Hurley (@imyke) April 10, 2015


This Mom Is Coding iPad Apps To Help Her Autistic Child Explore The World, by Daniela Hernandez, Fusion

In late 2008, Sooinn Lee’s baby boy was having trouble hearing, eating and speaking. His doctors warned that he might have developmental delays in the future. Lee was distraught. Like any parent, she wanted to do anything she could to help him. As a developer who had worked in the gaming industry for 12 years, she wanted to use technology to do it.

Creators Of Apple Watch Apps Keep It Simple, by Daisuke Wakabayshi, Wall Street Journal

Creators of Apple Watch apps plan to offer quick nuggets of information or brief interactions based on a single tap. They’re placing a premium on immediacy and relevancy—often based on location—to anticipate a user’s needs. They don’t anticipate long sessions with their apps, but aim for a “get in and get out” experience.

Why The First Apple Watch Apps Will Suck, by Mark Wilson, Fast Company

The possibilities of wearing an internet-connected, location-aware computer on your arm seem endless. But the Apple Watch of today isn’t there yet. As developers have learned over the last seven months of building their own apps, there are heavy restrictions on just what they can do with the platform’s Apple WatchKit software development kit —a series of limitations that are likely connected to conserving battery and tightly controlling user experience. And that will severely limit the functionality and originality of the first Apple Watch apps we see.


Apple Rescinds Policy Against Hiring Felons For Construction Work, by Julia Love, San Jose Mercury News

"It recently came to our attention that, as part of a background check process unique to the Apple Campus 2 construction project, a few applicants were turned away because they had been convicted of a felony within the past seven years," the spokesman said in a statement. "We recognize that this may have excluded some people who deserve a second chance. We have now removed that restriction and instructed our contractors on the project to evaluate all applicants equally, on a case-by-case basis, as we would for any role at Apple."


Apple, Microsoft Buck Trend, Refuse To Block Unauthorized Chinese Root Certificates, by Joel Hiruska, ExtremeTech

Apple and Microsoft, however, have chosen to react differently, and pursued what might be called the middle road. Microsoft released a security update that invalidated certificates issued by MCS Holdings, but declined to take action against CNNIC. Apple’s list of trusted certificates [...] continues to show CNNIC as a trusted source, despite strong action from Google and Mozilla. It’s not clear if Apple ever trusted MCS Holding, as an page from January 6 does not show the firm as listed on Apple’s trusted certificate page.

Tech Reporters And Their Hairy Wrists, by Tom Coates, Medium

For some reason, my RSS feeder is full of frighteningly intimate, shallow depth of field pictures of tech journalists and their hairy wrists. It’s a bit grim, frankly.

Oh Ess Ex

Audiobook listeners of “Becoming Steve Jobs” who are happy of not having to see the MacWorld misspelling haven’t reach the Mac OS X chapter.

— HC (@myapplemenu) April 10, 2015


Parting Words

Feels like the future: sending this tweet from my watch.

— John Gruber (@gruber) April 9, 2015

Thanks for reading.